After a winter that may have seemed longer than usual, professional and amateur athletes alike are rushing for the great outdoors. They’re honing skills that may have become a bit rusty from lack of practice, searching for that competitive edge. They’re abandoning comfort food for good nutrition to gain strength, speed, and stamina. Do they know that nutrition can enhance one of the most critical sports skills – vision?
In 1951, Czech chemist Otto Wichterle developed the first soft contact lens polymer made from hydrophilic hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA). The water-loving lens allowed more oxygen to pass through to the cornea. The early lenses were made by filling small molds with the polymer, then allowed to harden. The resulting “buttons” were then cut to the desired prescription. The edges had to be smoothed by hand. Clearly, a more efficient way to make the lenses was needed.
A little over a year ago, many of us including me began telecommuting as offices shut down. My pumps, blouses and blazers went into the closet. The pouch containing my cosmetics was zipped and tossed in a drawer. Offices are beginning to open again, and I hope I can remember how to put together an outfit that doesn’t include yoga pants, not to mention how to apply makeup. Prevent Blindness named April Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month, so it’s a good time to revisit those cosmetics, especially eye makeup.
Not long after Carissa Dunphy started at the front desk in a busy optometric practice, her superiors told her, “You can do more.” She agreed to train as a tech, and “got hooked” on the field. Carissa is now an ABO certified optician and founder of Optician Now, a web resource for opticians and those seeking certification or licensure. Her goal is to have one central place to find all kinds of information relating to the optician profession.
That’s how Dee Pace, Executive Director of Professional Opticians of Florida (POF), provides continuing education for opticians through the challenges of COVID-19. In a recent conversation, Dee took me on their journey from the COVID-19 shutdown of POF’s live continuing education events through the innovations that brought them back with the priority of attendee safety.
Those are the words Dr. Patricia Bath heard from her parents many times while growing up. Could her parents have known that Dr. Bath’s “best” would lead to an outstanding career in ophthalmology, academia, and humanitarian work? What’s more, Dr. Bath achieved notable firsts for women and African Americans in the medical field.
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